Flagship Lexus LS+ Concept signals autonomous future

The LS+ Concept debuts Highway Teammate automated driving and evolved styling

Lexus has unveiled the LS+ Concept luxury saloon at the Tokyo Motor Show, showing off Lexus’ latest autonomous driving technology and an evolution of its design strategy.

Created to provide a glimpse at the future path for the Audi A8 and Mercedes S-Class rival, the LS+ is fitted with autonomous systems Lexus plans to launch in the early 2020s. The manufacturer has announced these are aimed to “help everyone enjoy safe, smooth and untethered mobility”.

Its major breakthrough is called ‘Highway Teammate’, which can take over control of the car from the point you enter a motorway until you leave at an exit. This will be an extension of existing technology that allows cars to maintain a safe distance to the vehicle ahead, stay in their lane and make lane changes.

Like the Tesla Model X and Model S, the LS+ Concept can also communicate with Lexus HQ and receive wireless updates to its software, with the ability to add new functions as they're released. This is also likely to include regular updates to geographical data on the road network and your surroundings to enable more precise autonomous driving.

Lexus has already begun introducing new safety technology under its Integrated Safety Management Concept banner and aspires to “create a world where there are no longer any road traffic casualties”.

The Lexus LS+ also shows off a new take on the manufacturer’s L-finesse design language, with a spindle grille that has opening and closing shutters to allow more cooling air into the engine bay, or close to improve aerodynamics at higher speeds. Wind resistance has been further reduced by fitting small door mirrors housing cameras instead of the traditional glass.

Like the Audi R8 and BMW i8, the LS+ Concept also uses lasers for part of its headlight and rear lights, for a crisp and precise lighting signature.

Most Popular

UK road tax costs 2021/2022 explained
2021 Road Tax explained
Tips and advice
7 Jan 2022

UK road tax costs 2021/2022 explained

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022
Peugeot 3008 SUV front cornering
Best cars
6 Jan 2022

Top 10 best economical 4x4s, SUVs and crossovers 2022

Best 0% APR car deals
Hyundai Bayon deals
Deals
5 Jan 2022

Best 0% APR car deals

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
5 Nov 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
29 Sep 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2022
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2022

Top 10 best electric cars 2022
Ioniq 5
Best cars
1 Dec 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
17 Jan 2022

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2022

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022
Audi RS 3 driving - front view
Hot hatches
27 Oct 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks 2022